All of their works, which have only survived in fragmentary form, were written in the same style as the Hieroglyphica by Horapollo, the only complete ancient. Horapollo’s text printed with Greek and Latin on facing pages. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Psalterium MS more Atque hinc est, quod medici ad sananda oculorum vitia, hieraceo herba vtuntur. Humilitatem autem, quia reliqua animalia non recte uolantia secundum demissionem uadunt: Cum enim a robustiori ac fortiori quapiam aue sese premi ac superari senserit, illico in aere ita se supinum facit, ut ungues suos ad superiores partes reuoluat, Pennas uero ad posteriora corporis deorsum, assidue pugnando perstringat, hinc fit ut cum reliqua uolatilia ei in pugna opposita idem facere et paria esse nequeant, uicta relinquantur atque inferiora sint.

The part of the Hieroglyphica that does not deal with hieroglyphics — chaps.

Horapollo – Wikipedia

Though a very large proportion of the statements seem absurd and cannot be accounted for by anything known in the latest and most fanciful usage, there is ample evidence in both books, in individual cases, that the tradition of the values of the hieroglyphic signs was not yet extinct in the days of their author.


Heinrich Petri first German translation Gott. The two books of the Hieroglyphica contain in total interpretations of hieroglyphs: Phoenix on the top of the palm tree.

Hieroglyphcia, Quia genus omne auium solus accipiter uincere creditur. To eat turtle or not to eat it. Sanguinem, quia animal hoc aiunt non aquam, sed sanguinem bibere.

The Hieroglyphica The two books of the Hieroglyphica contain in total interpretations of hieroglyphs: The books profess to be a translation from an Egyptian original into Greek by a certain Philippus, of whom nothing is known.

Leemans and A. This approach of symbolic speculation about hieroglyphs many of which were originally simple syllabic signs was popular during Hellenismwhence the early Humanists, down to Athanasius Kircherinherited the preconception of the hieroglyphs as a magical, symbolic, ideographic script.

Victoriam demum, quod caeteras volucres vincere videatur. Nevertheless, their interpretation does not follow their functional meaning in the Egyptian system of writing, but rather a presumably loftier moral, theological or natural hierolyphica of reality, in exactly the same way that the Physiologus was interpreted at around the hieroglyphicz time.

Hieroglyphica Horapollinis

Book I describes 70, and Book II Quoniam animal id plurimae foecunditatis est diuque uiuit. This genre of the symbolic rereading of the hieroglyphs — “enigmatic hieroglyphs” as Rigoni and Zanco call them — was very popular in the late Hellenistic period.

To this Horapollo the Hieroglyphica was attributed by most 16th-century editors, although there were more occult opinions, identifying Horapollo with Horus himself, or with a pharaoh.


Accipiter uero per rectitudinem certam ad humillima quaeque descendendo uertitur. The Perfect language of Images.

Deum quum volunt significare, aut sublimitatem, aut humilitatem, aut praestantiam, aut sanguinem, aut victoriam, accipitrem pingunt. Views Read Edit View history.

Horapollo was later captured and after hueroglyphica converted to Christianity. The text of the Hieroglyphica consists of two books, containing a total of explanations of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Accipiter longe excellere uidetur. Altitudinem uero, quoniam caetera animalia cum in altum uolant oblique semper feruntur, quia recte uolare nequeunt, Solus uero Accipiter recto uolatu altiora petit. His school was shut down, his temple of Isis and Osiris destroyed, and he, after being subjected to torture, finally converted to Horapolll.

The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo Nilous

It was dedicated to Cosimo I de’ Medici. In the Renaissance they were generally considered to be authentic Egyptian characters, and although this authenticity was seriously placed in doubt during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, modern-day Egyptology recognizes that Book I in its entirety and approximately one third of Book II are based on real signs from hieroglyphic writing.

An Encounter with the Inquisition. Beginning with the previously cited Ennead V. MS of Michel Nostradamus ca.

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